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Last week marked ten years since The Man first bought me a cocktail. (Where has the time gone?!)

We don’t normally celebrate our anniversary of being together now that we’re married but we figured ten years was something. And hey, any excuse to get out of town for a weekend, right?

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In rather good timing, I had just picked up a (brand new!!) Ford Focus Titanium through the Voices of 2013 blogger Choose Your Own Adventure series. After I got a quick lesson about all the bells and whistles from the guys at Jarvis Ford, we packed our bags and headed off for a little weekend getaway in the Adelaide Hills.

(Not with the caravan above, mind you, that was just an irresistibly hipster photo to introduce the post.)

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We started off the Saturday with a leisurely breakfast at The White House (my eggs benedict with salmon were amaaazing).

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We stayed in the beautiful town of Hahndorf, an old German settlement. It was freezing (okay, not as freezing as when we were actually in Germany six months ago) but we enjoyed wandering around for the rest of the morning.

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(Scoring sweet parks like these using the automatic park assist means more time to eat cheese.)

We hung out for the rest of the afternoon at a couple of cute wineries we’d never been to before for some obligatory wine tasting. A car with automatic wipers and a log fire = winter essentials.

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The next morning we headed a bit further afield. We were able to enjoy the beautiful views even more thanks to the sat nav. It was so nice to just be able to relax, enjoy the journey and chat to each other without worrying about directions.

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Nothing beats breakfast of a  bacon and egg roll at a country market.

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It was so much fun zipping around the countryside in this baby.

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We spent some time in lovely Strathalbyn, famous for its antique shops. I am even getting The Man interested in antiques!

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After that we enjoyed a wine and chocolate pairing (divine!) and some more gorgeous views.

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When you need a break it’s easy to think you need a big (read: expensive) holiday. But sometimes throwing your overnight bag in the boot and getting out of town for a couple of days is all you need. In our case we were not too far from home but felt like we were a world away.

We had a wonderful time exploring the beauty of our own backyard. So relaxing! We definitely need to do it more often.

Tell me, what are your road trip essentials?

Disclosure: Ford has provided me with a car for six weeks to write about my experience. Opinions are my own.

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